Terrorism in the Central African Republic

The risk of terrorist attacks in the Central African Republic over the past years can be classified as high. Compared to other countries, it is still placed somewhere in the middle of a terrorism ranking. Over the past 5 years a total number of 189 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 1166 people have been killed and 617 injured.

In 51 incedents a total of 386 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (3 times) extorted.

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Most frequent attack targets in the Central African Republic

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens106849422312
Government5510612150
Religious institutions101565632
Police81389
NGO822136
Business6460
Military4580
Journalists & Media4221
Non-state militias259340
Transportation14200


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Bangui6320114847
Ouaka252599222
Ouham1679397
Haut-Mbomou145276
Ouham-Pende1097650
Ombella-M'Poko7724519
Nana-Mambere735233
Haute-Kotto7947832
Mbomou66110
Kemo6100181
Nana-Grebizi5697321
Mambere Kadei4791238
Basse-Kotto31241
Bamingui-Bangoran2133
Lobaye1610
Sangha-Mbaere110120


Terrorist organisations in the Central African Republic

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Anti-Balaka Militia5443316047
Seleka3034980141
Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace5330
Fulani extremists21300
Group of the Fatima Church Attack1002
Muslim extremists1110


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.